by: Editor on 1/9/2016
You can go with a reputable tour company or create your own—there’s plenty to see and do in Sedona! Make sure you check out Cathedral Rock, a beautiful climb and/or great view. It’s ranked as the number one sightseeing destination on Trip Advisor and is a great place to start out your tour of Arizona’s stunning natural beauty. The Red Rock Scenic Byway is another option, letting you take in the beauty from the comfort of your car.
Chapel of the Holy Cross is a gorgeous chapel tucked into the Red Rock Mountains. It’s a testament to how the beauty of manmade destinations and Mother Earth can sometimes work harmoniously. Bell Rock is another favorite hot spot, offering distinct landmark features (and it’s great for photo opportunities!).
Check It Out!
Oak Creek Canyon offers stunning views and is a top choice for picnics year-round. Broken Arrow Trail is an off-roading vehicle hot spot, so if you plan to rent an ATV or four-wheeler, make sure to choose a company that offers trail rides at this spot. The West Fork Oak Creek Trail is another top choice, but with hiking and biking trails too.
Sedona star gazing is a must, whether you DIY or choose a tour company to guide your way. From Airport Mesa to Doe Mountain Trail, Sedona is an outdoor lover’s dream come true.
by: Editor on 1/7/2016
In Sedona, there’s no shortage of bars, pubs, taverns and lounges to check out, no matter what scene you’re into. Start at The Sundowner, a local favorite where the menu is expansive, the drinks are strong, and you’ll get that special Sedona hospitality like no other. The Olde Sedona Bar and Grill is a great place for dinner and late night drinks, famous for their amazing views and delicious chili. For a real taste of the southwest, it’s an absolute must and pairs perfectly with all their beers on tap.
Mariposa Steak and Seafood Grill is another top choice for dinner and drinks. However, if you want more of a quaint, pub feel, head to Mooney’s Irish Pub where darts, late night bites and ice cold brews await. The Cowboy Club is a steakhouse where you can also enjoy a fine cocktail or craft brew of your choice.
Talk about a Nightcap!
At the Open Range Bar and Tavern, you can enjoy southwestern fare with an impressive drinks list. Saltrock is a favorite local bar, open late and where many locals wind down. Check out Vino di Sedona for craft beer, fine local wines, and pub food that will make you feel right at home.
Most in Sedona like to pair their drinking with a great steak, whether it’s at Relics Restaurant & Roadhouse or the Oak Creek Brewery & Grill where the brewpub is upstairs for fantastic views.
by: Editor on 1/7/2016
Long known as a healing space and rich with positive spiritual energy, Sedona is truly a magical place. The city is rich with vortexes, a natural phenomenon that has people from around the globe flocking to Sedona to discover the powers for themselves. It’s the epicenter of the New Age Movement, and you’ll find many meditation, yoga, and spiritual enlightenment guides and studios in the area.
Metaphysical shops, spas and massage studios, psychics, reiki masters, and life coaches can be found in abundance here. If you want your travels to Sedona to include a spiritual or self-healing aspect, you’re in luck. There’s something special beneath the red rocks, which was well known to the Native American tribes and is still very present in the area.
A Journey of Healing
The vortexes are just part of the Sedona package. They are energy hot spots that amplify prayer, mind/body healing, self-exploration and meditation. Upflow vortexes, which are relatively common in Sedona, have been linked to positive energy flows in the human body. Whether you’re interested in Shamanism, astrology, or learning more about the tribal uses of the red rocks, you’ll never experience anything like Sedona.
Create your own spiritual journey of reflection simply by exploring the many trails and canyons. Sedona is a city of looking inward, ensuring this is one trip you’ll never forget.
by: Editor on 1/4/2016
Sedona does dessert right, with restaurants famous for their last courses and dessert-only shops popping up like cacti! Go to Sedona Cake Couture where cake is more than the best indulgence ever—it’s a lifestyle (and it looks good doing it!). Wildflower Bread Company is a laid back café and patisserie where you can satisfy your sweet tooth in more ways than you can imagine (pro tip: Make sure to pair it with one of their strong cups of java).
There’s a Coldstone Creamery in town if you’re in the mood for something chilly and familiar. At Sedona Memories Bakery Café, you can sit and indulge in every patisserie option imaginable. Judi’s Restaurant and Lounge is a classic Americana diner and surf and turf destination, but is also incredibly well known locally for their extensive dessert menu.
Last Thing First!
You’re on vacation, so make the most of it! Every day, a complimentary breakfast buffet is available to guests, including your favorite sweet eats like waffles, muffins, croissants and more. Alternatively, you can go to Sedona Sweet Arts and discover what local baking wizards have whipped up.
Zainey’s Frozen Yogurt is a great way to beat the AZ heat, and the ChocolaTree is a must for that cacao fix. Try Black Cow Café for a morning pick-me-up, or Oh My Ganache! for a once in a lifetime dessert with all the trimmings.
by: Editor on 11/20/2015
Sedona does coffee right—after all, when you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty begging to be explored, you have to be alert for those early morning outings! Best Western Sedona features bottomless Arabica coffee at breakfast, and there’s a state-of-the-art coffee maker in your room, but it’s also worth checking out the numerous cafes in the area. Java Love Café Coffee Roasters features house-roasted beans, outdoor seating, and they’re up at the crack of dawn with you at 6am.
The Coffee Pot Restaurant features “breakfast amidst rock formations,” otherwise known as the ultimate Sedona experience. Pink Java Café is a local favorite, and of course there’s Starbucks for travelers who want something familiar (and perhaps pumpkin-spiced!).
Theia’s is a delectable café open until 6pm, serving delicious treats alongside perfect java. At Trailhead Tea, you can get both your coffee and tea strong before heading out for your next adventure. Heartline Café is known for unique eats paired with great views.
There’s the Golden Goose Café, marrying Americana fare with Italian favorites. Don’t miss out on the Tea Light Café, a Vietnamese inspired hot spot open until 8pm. The Jazz Bouquet Floral and Tea Shop, Black Cow Café, and Sedona Sweet Arts are also great options for your caffeine fix.
by: Editor on 11/20/2015
Traveling during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Many restaurants in town will have special holiday hours, and many will feature unique holiday dishes. Ask the front desk staff about their recommendations, including an abundance of events and festivals around town.
Home for the Holidays
Everyone’s idea of the holidays is different, and packing during this time of year can be a little challenging. If you exchange gifts, make sure to shop and wrap early—and perhaps bring some small token gifts with you to open on the big day. Slip into a coffee shop for a seasonal treat with pumpkin spice or cranberry pastries.
You’re in charge of your memories and how you celebrate, so make the most of it while you’re away from home!